SMB Growth Hub – Events

Networking and expertise in the heart of Brighton.

Strategies to scale up your business

Thursday 14th September, 7:45AM – 11:30AM

Live event taking place at the Ironworks Studio, Brighton

What’s happening?

Join the SMB Growth Hub for a breakfast networking event, exploring the real and practical ways in which small and medium businesses can grow from 1-100 people.

Grow your business from 1 to 100 people  – Stories and learnings from growth journeys that drive business success

  • Is your SME looking to grow and scale up?
  • Are you a sole practitioner who is considering taking on staff and growing your organisation?
  • Are you looking for free advice, and expert insight in to how to maximise your business growth potential?

….if you answered yes to any of these questions, then this free seminar (with breakfast) may just be the event for you: A morning of expert insight into how to grow your business, with breakfast provided and ample networking opportunities if you fancy having a conversation with people and organisations at a similar stage to yours.

Cloud9 Growth Hub has gathered 5 successful professionals to talk through transforming your business.


Topics and Speakers:

Building the culture, Elissa Pette, People and Culture Director at Cloud9 Insight (event sponsor):

Getting the (right) first 25 people on the bus / How good recruitment sets up your culture / Retain the best / Inductions / Now you have 5 people in sales – what’s the best tech to support an SME.

Apprenticeships; Driving innovation, growth and diversity for business, Paul Rolfe, Associate Principal, Employers and Stakeholders, Chichester College Group (Guest Speaker)

Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective and impactful way to attract new talent as well as upskilling existing talent in your business. Paul will demystify apprenticeships, giving case studies on how they have been used in various local businesses to support diversity, growth and innovation.

Tempted to acquire, Adrian Alexander, partner at FRP Advisory (event sponsor) :

Bringing your management and employees into ownership can be fundamental to helping your company grow. Adrian Alexander from FRP Corporate Finance will explain how a ‘Two Step’ Management Buyout or an Employee Ownership Trust can help facilitate this whilst also providing an alternative exit plan for the owners. He will explain how this can really drive growth and benefit all of the stakeholders in the business.

The drive for efficiency, Gerry Lawrence, Regional Director at Freeman Clarke (event sponsor) :

Your business is doing well, sales are on the up, but so are costs. Finding the right people to grow the business further is becoming a challenge. You were expecting to get economies of scale as the business grows, but you seem to be adding people as revenue grows and those savings always seem to be just out of reach. Your aim is to keep growing, but simultaneously drive efficiency, improve reliability and improve client engagement all at the same time. Is too much to ask? Or is this the roadmap for your next phase of growth?

Legal Considerations, Karen Lord, Partner at Healys (event sponsor):

Having heard about some of the things you can do to grow your business, how do you make sure that you are taking care of things from a legal perspective, those things that as your organisation grows you may need to focus on? You want to grow but you need to do it properly and legally. In this session Karen will discuss some of the key legal risks you might face and how you can make the law work for you and your business.


What’s included?

    • A selection of pastries and breakfast favourites, teas and coffees, juices – so you don’t have to network on an empty stomach
    • Five insightful talks from leading industry professionals
    • A panel discussion and a chance to ask your burning questions


Dress code:

We’re in Brighton, so come as you are; whatever makes you feel comfortable!

What is the SMB Growth Hub?

The SMB Growth Hub is a community of forward-thinking small and medium sized businesses, founded by like-minded partners who aim to foster a safe space of collaboration and shared learning. The Hub is sponsored by:

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